Stay Safe! Overland Fuel Cans Use and Common sense
Overland Fuel promotes the safe use of Petrol/ fuel cans. Please follow the recommendations below for the safe use, handle and storage of Petrol/Fuel Cans.
Filling your Petrol/Fuel Can safely:
Static electricity-related incidents at Petrol/fuel stations are extremely rare, but the potential for them to happen appears to be the highest during cool or cold and dry climate conditions. In rare circumstances, these static related incidents have resulted in a brief flash fire occurring at the fill point. You can take steps to minimize these and other potential fueling hazards by following safe refueling procedures all year long.
Following American Petroleum Institute recommendations, Overland Fuel recommends the following for properly filling your Overland Fuel can at the station:
- Place your Overland Fuel can on the ground at a safe distance from your car to avoid a possible static electricity ignition of fuel vapors. You should never fill your Overland Fuel can while inside a vehicle or its trunk, the bed of a pickup truck or the floor of a trailer.
- Once you get the nozzle out of the pump ensure that there is no residual fuel coming out that can spill on the ground or on your fuel can.While the cap still on and closed, touch the fuel can with the nozzle to ground any static electricity charge.
- When filling your Overland Fuel can, manually control the nozzle valve throughout the filling process. Fill your Overland Fuel can slowly to decrease the chance of static electricity buildup and minimize spilling or splattering. Keep the nozzle in contact with the rim of the container opening while refueling.
- Fill Overland Fuel canto no more than 95 percent full to allow for expansion.
- Never leave your Overland Fuel can unattended with the nozzle inside.
- Don’t ever use cell phones when refueling. (The RF energy from a cell phone (a radio transmitter) can cause a sparking on bare metal, much like aluminum foil in a microwave oven.)
- Place cap tightly on your Overland Fuel can after filling – do not use containers that do not seal properly.
Further information: https://www.api.org/oil-and-natural-gas/consumer-information/consumer-resources/staying-safe-pump
Safe Handling of Fuel:
Avoid injuries related to handling of fuel. Please follow our recommendation below:
- Keep out of reach of children
- Avoid prolonged breathing of vapors
- Do not siphon by mouth
- Do not store in a vehicle or living space
- Store and use in a well-ventilated area
- Vapors can be ignited by an ignition source many feet away
- Keep away from flame, pilot lights, stoves, heaters, electric motors, and other sources of ignition
- Keep container closed when not in use
- Do not smoke when using the container
- Harmful or fatal if swallowed
- If swallowed, do not induce vomiting. Call physician immediately
- Turn off the equipment and let it cool before filling the fuel tank
- Never pour fuel directly on to or near a flame, coals, embers, or any other sources of ignition .
- No fuel container should ever be used to start or accelerate a fire. Using fuel to start or accelerate a fire is extremely hazardous and can lead to fires and explosions causing serious burns and even death
- Use outdoors only
Storing fuel safely:
Petrol/Fuel can be dangerous if not handled or stored properly. Petrol/Fuel should only be used for its intended purpose – as a motor fuel – and stored only when absolutely necessary. It should not be used as a solvent, cleaner, barbecue starter or for any other non-engine use.
As a general rule never store Petrol/Fuel in your home. Storing gas in your home is not just a serious fire hazard, but a public health hazard as well. Exposure to gasoline fumes is associated with certain health risks, therefore you should never store gas containers in your home or attached garage. Gasoline should always be kept in an outdoor structure such as a tool shed, storage barn, or separate, unattached garage. Please check your country or state for standards and regulations on Petrol/Fuel storage. For example, in the UK regulations restrict the amount of gasoline an individual homeowner can store in his residential premises to 30 liters only.
Please check HSE page https://www.hse.gov.uk/fireandexplosion/petrol-storage-club-association.htm